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WIRED2015 — HIGHLIGHTS
This fifth flagship event from WIRED convened in London on October 15 and 16, 2015. WIRED2016 will take place in October 2016 — check back soon for speaker updates and agenda announcements.
VIDEO: WIRED2015 day one highlights
VIDEO: WIRED2015 day two highlights
WIRED2015 MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS
Bringing the WIRED world to life, WIRED2015 showcased the innovators changing the world and promoting disruptive thinking and radical ideas. There were more than 50 speakers over the two-day event, presenting stories about their work in science, design, business and many other fields.
Blurring education and gamingItalian 25-year old Bisignani built Kukua, a startup that builds educational games to tackle illiteracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Creating empathy through techParis-based social entrepreneur Ivanovitch leads Simorga, a company which aims to use virtual reality to foster interpersonal understanding and empathy.
Digital strategistFormer Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Singh is now the global head of growth and strategy at Accenture Digital. He is also an adviser to CEOs and Boards of several global corporations.
Microbiologist; co-discoverer of the Ebola virusDirector of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Piot helped identify the Ebola virus and has contributed to the understanding of HIV/AIDS. He has been on the frontline of the fight against both.
Maker of energy-harnessing technologyNew York-based Matthews founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy technology company specialising in motion-based, miniaturised systems that can turn almost anything that moves into a source of power.
Machine-learning innovatorGerman computer scientist and artist Schmidhuber heads the Swiss AI Lab, which has developed the machine-learning tools powering billions of devices worldwide.
Migrant search and rescueCatrambone and her husband Chris founded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station – a Malta-based search-and-rescue charity that uses boat patrols to assist Mediterranean migrants in distress.
Journalist, human rights defender, anti-extremism researcherSyrian in exile, Alhamza is the co-founder and spokesperson for a group of activists who use citizen journalism to expose the terror tactics of Daesh in Syria.
Co-founder, The Restart Project, UKGunter is co-founder of The Restart Project, a social enterprise dedicated to changing our relationship with electronics – from learning to repair broken devices to donating and recycling.
Pioneering chef and entrepreneur, UKInternationally famous for his award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurants, Blumenthal is considered one of the greatest and most influential chefs of his generation.
World drone-racing champion, UKWolferstan-Bannister, known as BanniUK, has quickly made a name for himself in the emerging sport of drone racing, having won the World Drone Prix in Dubai 2016 at the age of 15.
Memory scientist, UKCriminologist/forensic psychologist and memory hacker Shaw is the author of The Memory Illusion. A lecturer at London South Bank University, she has advised on memory science for criminal cases, with police forces and the military.
AI music maker, UKCan machines make music? Stobbs is the co-founder of Jukedeck, a startup in the exploding field of artificial intelligence, which has developed software to do just that.
Teen media mogul, UKGilmore is the founder and managing director of W!ZARD Radio Media, a media company that includes teen-focused station W!ZARD Radio, which he founded at 12 years old.
Director of Technology, Darktrace, UKDave Palmer is a cybersecurity technical expert at Darktrace, with more than 10 years’ experience in UK government intelligence at GHCQ and MI5.
Lead engineer, Android Security, Google, USUS-based Ludwig is responsible for the security of the Android ecosystem, protecting more than 1.4 billion mobile devices and the operating system, apps, and services that run on them.
Technical director, National Cyber Security Centre, UKThe former technical director of cyber security and resilience at GCHQ now leads the UK’s national cyberdefence efforts at the UK's new National Cyber Security Centre.
Head of threat intelligence, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Division, UKNish leads the Threat Intelligence team in BAE System's Applied Intelligence division. His team tracks criminal and national security threats to build a picture of their motivation and capabilities.
Technical director, Metrix Cloud Ltd, UKWoodruff is technical director of Metrix Cloud Ltd, a cyber security agency that deals with hacked websites and cyber security training.
AR and VR pioneer, UKBarton is the CEO and co-founder of Curiscope, a startup creating immersive VR & AR learning experiences. They have one of the most-viewed VR experiences globally and crowdfunded the Virtuali-Tee, an interactive AR journey inside the human anatomy.
Champion of young entrepreneurs and getting girls codingBentinck’s Entrepreneur First accelerator helps individuals build tech companies from scratch through a six-month incubator. Three hundred founders have already developed their ideas.
Teenage neuroscientistAt 15, Nithiyanandam created a molecular “trojan horse’” antibody that can detect Alzheimer’s and potentially halt its development. He won the Scientific American Innovator Award at global Google Science Fair 2015 and other awards at national fairs.
App entrepreneurNash has been creating online platforms since the age of 12. He founded mobile advertising exchange Tapdaq and controversial social platform Little Gossip.
Bionic arm builder, UKSamantha Payne’s Open Bionics turns children with limb differences into superheroes with its robotic hands, inspired by the worlds of Frozen, Star Wars and Iron Man.
Malala Fund Campaigner, UKAlmellehan is a 18-year-old Syrian refugee who recently resettled in the UK. She is a Malala Fund Campaigner, hoping to secure education for children from her home country and other regions affected by war.
Pioneer in personal data securityAlonso is chief data officer at Telefónica. He leads the Personal Data Bank team and is exploring how people can take ownership of their personal data.
First privately funded female space travellerAnsari’s family funded the first XPRIZE for suborbital flight, launching a new era of private spaceflight.
Leader of XPRIZE’s global expansionA social entrepreneur, Tata is expanding XPRIZE by designing a portfolio of incentive competitions with the aim of addressing challenges in the developing world, focusing on producing immediate impact at scale.
Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of OxfordBetts researches the politics and economics of refugees. He is a professor in forced migration and international affairs at the University of Oxford.
Best-selling author & principal research scientist, MITMcAfee studies how digital tech is changing business, the economy and society. He co-authored a book on the subject and writes a blog for the Financial Times.
Venture CapitalistHornik is a VC with August Capital, investing in the likes of Splunk and Evite. He founded the first VC blog and podcast, and is the creator of The Lobby conferences.
Founder, Have I Been Pwned?, AustraliaHunt has received six of Microsoft’s MVP – Most Valuable Professional – awards, created data breach awareness site Have I Been Pwned? and authors courses at Pluralsight, an online education site for tech professionals.
Security advisor, Secure Trading, UKAl-Bassam is a security advisor at Secure Trading and a PhD researcher focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. At age 16, he was the co-founder of LulzSec, a group that hacked Sony, Fox and the FBI.
Managing director, Neon Century Intelligence, UKFormer government intelligence analyst Colquhoun founded corporate investigations firm Neon Century in 2014. Using an “ethical” model, it only gathers publicly available data.
Government chief information officer, EstoniaKotka led Estonia’s e-residency programme. He is special advisor to the European Commission’s vice-president on the European Digital Single Market and was the 2014 European CIO of the Year.
Research director, International Security, Chatham House, UKAt the foreign affairs think tank, Lewis focuses on global security and WMDs. She advised on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
Co-founder & CTO, HackerOne, USCreated by Rice and security leaders from Facebook, Microsoft and Google, HackerOne is a vulnerability co-ordination and bugbounty platform advising Yahoo!, Twitter and GM.
Professor of cybersecurity, Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, UKCreese has co-written more than 60 academic papers on cyber security, strategy and defence.
CRO F-Secure, FinlandHacker and cyber war specialist Hypponen has been reverse engineering malware since 1991. He has written for the New York Times, Wired and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge.
Founder and CEO of NEST, Negotiation Strategies LTD, IsraelBetween 1994 and 2001 Cristal worked in Israeli peace negotiation teams. Today his firm defends against cyber hostage taking – when nefarious groups highjack an organisation’s IT systems.
Author, Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies, UKVeteran reporter and author of several books about international security, Corera has written about presidential races, terrorist groups and the inner working of security services.
Visiting professor, War Studies Department King’s College London, UKFormer director of GCHQ, Omand was the first UK security and intelligence coordinator. His book, Securing the State, was published in 2011.
Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, IndiaFive-octave vocalist Gingger Shankar is the only female musician to play the ten-string double violin. She has performed with Katy Perry and The Smashing Pumpkins. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.
World’s youngest headmaster, IndiaAli started a school in his backyard at the age of nine. He’s now 23, and his organisation in Murshidabad, West Bengal, has around 300 students and ten teachers. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.
Afghan educator and entrepreneur, AfghanistanAs one of Afghanistan’s few female entrepreneurs, Mahboob has faced multiple threats in her homeland. She has created nine IT centres for girls and plans to expand the project throughout the continent.
Program director, WITNESS, USASam Gregory works to enable anyone anywhere to be a witness for human rights, supporting new ways to use video, mobile and immersive media to fight for justice.
Irrationality analyst, USALeslie John, a Harvard Business School assistant professor, researches the seemingly paradoxical and self-destructive decisions that people make – with a focus on online privacy.
Sun storm scientist, FranceMiho Janvier is an astrophysicist studying the Sun’s atmosphere, in particular solar flares and how they impact Earth’s weather patterns. She works at France's Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale.
Robot builder, USAAlexander Reben is fascinated by AI. He builds robots – such as The First Law, that can choose to hurt its operator – to explore their relationships with humans.
Artist and film-maker, UKDi Mainstone is an audio artist whose projects include The Human Harp – a kit that turns suspension bridges, including Brooklyn Bridge, into giant harp pianos.
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